Coronavirus

This is the Hilliard City School District source for updated, accurate information to help you prepare for and protect against coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19.

We are continuing to evaluate, and things can change at any moment. Changes will be communicated immediately via this page and in email messages to our community.

Latest Updates


April 4, 4:00pm

In case you missed it, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine this week ordered K-12 schools to be physically shut down to May 1, 2020, which is a Friday. He said they will reevaluate the order as we near that date. We will continue eLearning as planned.

Important Change for Breakfast and Lunch

We continue to provide meals for any student in our district. Each week we will look at where we are best serving our students. Starting Monday, April 6, we will no longer use Washington Elementary as a grab and go location. However, to serve those families, we will deliver meals to the Country Side Mobile Homes Park off of Avery and the Mobile Homes Park beside Amlin Crossing Park.

Remember, you don’t have to show ID you just need to show up at one of the following locations between 11 am-1 pm each Monday through Friday.

  • Beacon
  • Crossing
  • Horizon
  • Ridgewood
  • Scioto Darby
  • Memorial
  • Weaver

Delivery services will continue from 11am to 12 noon to the following locations:

  • Hilliard Village Apartments
  • Pine Crossing Apartments
  • Wilson Court Apartments
  • Bayside & Countryview Apartments
  • Hilliard Station Apartments (in Lucky’s parking lot)
  • Hilliard Park Apartments
  • Country Ridge Apartments
  • Cabot Cove/Gables West Apartments – the deliver site will be at the Cabot Cove Gazebo

On Monday, April, 6 we will deliver to these locations as well.

  • Country Side Mobile Homes Park, Avery Road – New
  • Mobile Homes Park, beside Amlin Crossing Park – New

Virtual Spirit Week

We’d like to thanks everyone who participated in our virtual Spirit Week. Don’t forget we still have tomorrow, and the theme is School Spirit Day! Be sure to take pictures and share on social media, let’s tag your school, @HilliardSchools and use #OneHilliard #InThisTogetherOhio and #Ready4Tomorrow.

Playgrounds

Please remember that our playgrounds remain closed until further notice. This means no games are permitted on School basketball courts. We’re keeping the courts open for 1-2 people to shoot baskets, but no games, NO LARGE GROUPS.

Read Past Updates

March 29, 2020 1:00pm

Virtual Spirit Week We’d like to welcome everyone back form Spring Break tomorrow and create some Hilliard School Spirit. We will be hosting our very first Virtual Spirit Week! The themes for each day are below. Feel free to participate by dressing up for each day’s theme! To spread our Spirit Week even further on social media, let’s tag your school, @HilliardSchools and use #OneHilliard #InThisTogetherOhio and #Ready4Tomorrow.

Monday – Pajama Day Tuesday – Tropical Day Wednesday – Socially Distant Twin Day – you may not be able to hang with your friends, but you can still dress alike! Thursday – Super Hero Day Friday – School Spirit Day

Back to eLearning Monday March 30 Here are some reminders as we get back into our eLearning on Monday, March 30.

A new version of the Student Canvas app (version 6.7) was released last week. If your student is noticing issues or problems while using the Student Canvas app, please go to either the App Portal or App Store on your device to update to the latest version.

We have a K5 eLearning Student Guide and a 6-12 eLearning Student Guide to help guide and support all students as they navigate online learning.

If you are new to Canvas you get help in this “How to Use Canvas for Parents” course.

For general iPad Troubleshooting: Students can try these steps first to see if they fix app or device behavior issues – iPad Troubleshooting Poster

For iPad Repair and other Technology Problems, such as: iPad won’t charge, the screen is cracked, the iPad won’t turn on, password/login issues, App Portal issues, or lock screen passcode issues – Fill out this repair form. A school employee will contact you to help you resolve the issue.

Breakfast and Lunch We continue to provide meals for any student in our district. You don’t have to show ID you just need to show up at one of the following locations between 11 am-1 pm each Monday through Friday.

  • Beacon
  • Crossing
  • Horizon
  • Ridgewood
  • Scioto Darby
  • Washington
  • Memorial
  • Weaver

Delivery services will continue from 11am to 12 noon to the following locations:

  • Hilliard Village Apartments
  • Pine Crossing Apartments
  • Wilson Court Apartments
  • Bayside & Countryview Apartments
  • Hilliard Station Apartments (in Lucky’s parking lot)
  • Hilliard Park Apartments
  • Country Ridge Apartments
  • Cabot Cove/Gables West Apartments – the deliver site will be at the Cabot Cove Gazebo

Playgrounds Please remember that our playgrounds remain closed until further notice. This means no games are permitted on School basketball courts. We’re keeping the courts open for 1-2 people to shoot baskets, but no games, NO LARGE GROUPS.

Community Partners Norwich Township Fire has put together several videos regarding how they are responding to COVID-19. You are encouraged to follow them on these social media platforms.

YouTube

Twitter – @NorwichTwpFD

Facebook – @norwichtwpfire

Instagram – @norwichtwpfd

TikTok – @norwich_twp_fd

How to Beat Cabin Fever

We all know it’s tough to be stuck inside! Check out these ideas of the ways to beat cabin fever while we practice social distancing!

  1. Start a new hobby, maybe knitting, stained glass, Soduku and fiction writing.
  2. Try a new recipe. The possibilities are endless on Pinterest.
  3. Start scrap-booking.
  4. Do a puzzle.
  5. Pull out some old board games or a pack of cards.
  6. Engage in some spring cleaning!
  7. Tackle a home improvement project.
  8. Have a movie & popcorn night.
  9. Write a letter to touch base with an old friend or family member. Everyone loves getting an actual letter that’s not a bill or solicitation.
  10. Go for a walk, even a 15-minute one.

March 24, 2020 3:30pm

How you Can Help

Several people have reached out to the district asking how they can help our community. Here are a few of our partners who have reached with ways to offer assistance as you can.

The Hilliard Community Foundation has activated their fund to assist local non-profits as they navigate these turbulent times. Donate now.

If your non-profit needs help, fill out a grant application. To start, they are limiting grant awards to $2,500, but depending on available funding will offer multiple grants to the same non-profit. Their hope is to turn the grants around quickly so funds are available as needed.

The Rotary Club of Hilliard is running a virtual fundraiser for the Hilliard Food Pantry. You can donate online.

Breakfast and Lunch We continue to provide meals for any student in our district. You don’t have to show ID you just need to show up at one of the following locations between 11 am-1 pm each Monday through Friday.

  • Beacon
  • Crossing
  • Horizon
  • Ridgewood
  • Scioto Darby
  • Washington
  • Memorial
  • Weaver

Delivery services will continue from 11am to 12 noon to the following locations:

  • Hilliard Village Apartments
  • Pine Crossing Apartments
  • Wilson Court Apartments
  • Bayside & Countryview Apartments
  • Hilliard Station Apartments (in Lucky’s parking lot)
  • Hilliard Park Apartments
  • Country Ridge Apartments
  • Cabot Cove/Gables West Apartments – the deliver site will be at the Cabot Cove Gazebo

Get Outside and Move While our playgrounds are closed for the time being, Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks are open and feature 19 outstanding natural area parks with more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,700 acres of land in seven Central Ohio counties. If weather permits, get outside and talk a walk, jog, bike ride or hike in one of the parks near you.

Check out all park locations here: Columbus Metro Parks. Don’t forget some simple things you can do with your family like fly a kite, head to a playground, have a picnic, and explore nature and the woods. Not only will you learn something new, your mental health will be positively affected as well!

Columbus Library All Columbus Metropolitan Library locations remain closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access materials. Your library card connects you to online resources for the whole family – absolutely free.

March 20, 2020 4:00pm

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone in our community. Our parents, students, and teachers have all shown how one community can come together in a national crisis. We are One Hilliard; we succeed together.

I am in awe of the work our teachers have done in one week. Hilliard’s teachers have shifted to a completely digital curriculum. These elite educators made it happen, overcame obstacles, and provide instruction at a high level. We are launching the Twitter Hashtag #TeacherHeroes to thank you, amazing teachers for the work they have done to launch eLearning.

In February, our average daily attendance was 93.23%. On Wednesday, March 18, our attendance rate was 95.22%. We are getting it done with eLearning. Our staff will reach out to each student that hasn’t connected via eLearning. We will close gaps, solve problems, and make sure every Hilliard student has an opportunity to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Enjoy Spring Break next week. We will be ready to return to eLearning on Monday, March 30th. As a district, we are prepared to continue our eLearning platform until it is safe for Americans to be together again in large group. Our Hilliard community is ready, “we’ve got this.”

Breakfast and Lunch Over spring break, we will continue to provide meals for any student in our district. You don’t have to show ID you just need to show up at one of the following locations between 11am-1pm each Monday through Friday.

  • Beacon
  • Crossing
  • Horizon
  • Ridgewood
  • Scioto Darby
  • Washington
  • Memorial
  • Weaver

Delivery services will continue from 11am to 12 noon to the following locations:

  • Hilliard Village Apartments
  • Pine Crossing Apartments
  • Wilson Court Apartments
  • Bayside & Countryview Apartments
  • Hilliard Station Apartments (in Lucky’s parking lot)
  • Hilliard Park Apartments
  • Country Ridge Apartments
  • Cabot Cove/Gables West Apartments – the deliver site will be at the Cabot Cove Gazebo

March 19, 2020 4:30pm

Breakfast and Lunch Friday, March 20, all schools will serve meals from 11-1. We will also have deliveries between 11-12 at the locations below.

Starting Monday March 23, our meal program will be changing. We will provide meal service at these schools only, from 11am to 1pm until further notice:

  • Beacon
  • Crossing
  • Horizon
  • Ridgewood
  • Scioto Darby
  • Washington
  • Memorial
  • Weaver

Delivery services will continue from 11am to 12 noon to the following locations:

  • Hilliard Village Apartments
  • Pine Crossing Apartments
  • Wilson Court Apartments
  • Bayside & Countryview Apartments
  • Hilliard Station Apartments (in Lucky’s parking lot)
  • Hilliard Park Apartments
  • Country Ridge Apartments
  • Cabot Cove/Gables West Apartments – the deliver site will be at the Cabot Cove Gazebo

Student Health and Well-Being As we continue with this national pandemic, we want to be sure our students and parents have the resources they need to keep our students healthy. On our web page are several ways you can get help.

Technology Help When navigating eLearning and technology issues arise, here are a few options.

Trouble with Canvas – Your first contact should be the child’s teacher. Many times the teacher can help trouble shoot.

General iPad Troubleshooting: Students can try these steps first to see if they fix app or device behavior issues – iPad Troubleshooting Poster

For iPad Repair and other Technology Problems, such as: iPad won’t charge, the screen is cracked, the iPad won’t turn on, password/login issues, App Portal issues, or lock screen passcode issues – Fill out this repair form. A school employee will contact you to help you resolve the issue.


March 18, 2020 4:40pm

All indications point towards the necessity of a long term shutdown of face-to-face schooling. We are preparing for eLearning to become our “new normal” for the remainder of this school year. We encourage parents to develop a schedule for eLearning in the home. Like teachers, developing a routine is essential and healthy. As parents, please know that students aren’t in class the entire school day. There are natural breaks; we should build these into our routines at home.

If you experience technical issues, please complete a Help Ticket. Our team will get back with you as quickly as possible. For instructional matters, reach out to our teachers directly. Please be patient and kind as we develop these new norms. Not only are our amazing teachers working to create and provide new eLearning activities, but many are also Moms and Dads.

Everyone is creating new routines and dealing with unexpected stress in our homes. I have faith our Hilliard Community will act with kindness and empathy during this national crisis. No one benefits from angry, vitriolic antics. We are all doing our best; we will get through this national emergency as one Hilliard Family.

Breakfast and Lunch For Thursday and Friday of this week, all schools, except the Innovation Campus, will have grab & go breakfasts and lunches available for students to pick up between 10:00am – 1:00pm.

In addition to the buildings being open for grab & go lunches, on Thursday and Friday Transportation will deliver to the following areas between 11:00am – 12:00pm:

  • Hilliard Village Apartments
  • Pine Crossing Apartments
  • Wilson Court Apartments
  • Bayside & Countryview Apartments
  • Hilliard Station Apartments (in Lucky’s parking lot)
  • Hilliard Park Apartments
  • Country Ridge Apartments
  • Cabot Cove/Gable West Apartments (Kroger parking lot)

We will continue to evaluate both the building locations and transportation plan as the week progresses.

Student Health and Well-Being

Our student’s health and well-being will remain a top concern. Please know that our school counselors continue to work and are available to students or families in need. You can find contact information on your school webpage. Our students will continue to have access to the Safe Schools Helpline as well.


March 17, 2020 1:40pm

eLearning Begins on March 18

All the information you need for eLearning will be housed on our eLearning web page. If you need help navigating Canvas we have a ‘How to Use’ course online.

Teachers will be posting office hours on their Canvas contact page, so parents and students can ask questions and get information moving forward.

WiFi will be available in the parking lots of all schools for families to use to download assignments and upload completed activities. We have a map with more specific locations on our eLearning web page. The city of Hilliard is also opening WiFi to the community. Students and other residents are invited to access the city’s public WiFi network, “Hilliard Public.” A link to a map of those public access points can be found on their webpage. Spectrum will offer free internet to students without access. Beginning today, you can enroll by calling 1-844-488-8395. Get more information

The district has enabled internet filtering on all student iPads in grades K-5. This filter is sometimes heavy-handed so if it blocks an educational site that the student needs to do school work, please let your teacher know and we can add it to an approved list. No filtering is perfect or a 100% guarantee. Parents are still asked to monitor their students when they are on their district device at home on your personal WiFi network.

Breakfast and Lunch Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th in addition to the buildings being open for grab & go lunches, Transportation will begin delivering to the following areas between 11:00am – 12:00pm:

  • Hilliard Village Apartments
  • Pine Crossing Apartments
  • Wilson Court Apartments
  • Bayside & Countryview Apartments
  • Hilliard Station Apartments (in Lucky’s parking lot)
  • Hilliard Park Apartments
  • Country Ridge Apartments
  • Cabot Cove/Gable West Apartments (Kroger parking lot)

We will continue to evaluate both the building locations and transportation plan as the week progresses.

Student Health and Well-Being Our student’s health and well-being will remain a top concern. Our students with mental health concerns will have access to the Safe Schools Helpline and our school counselors will be available. You can reach out to a counselor, teacher or principal if your student needs more help.


March 16, 2020 4:30pm

Breakfast and Lunch

From Monday through Friday, March 20th all buildings except for the Innovation Campus will have grab & go lunches available for students to pick up between 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18th in addition to the buildings being open for grab & go lunches, Transportation will begin delivering to the following areas between 11:00am – 12:00pm:

  • Hilliard Village Apartments
  • Pine Crossing Apartments
  • Wilson Court Apartments
  • Bayside & Countryview Apartments
  • Hilliard Station Apartments (in Lucky’s parking lot)
  • Hilliard Park Apartments
  • Country Ridge Apartments
  • Cabot Cove/Gable West Apartments (Kroger parking lot)

We will continue to evaluate both the building locations and transportation plan as the week progresses. We will continue to use our COVID-19 web page, send emails and post to social media.


March 15, 2020 7:30pm

Lunch for Students March 16-17 Students can come to any of our schools between 10:00am – 1:00pm to grab a lunch today. Parents can not pick up the lunch for the students, the child must be present. It doesn’t matter which school you go to, just go to the closest school.

  • Each lunch will contain a turkey sandwich, fruit, vegetable, and milk.
  • The lunches will be bagged and grab and go, keeping in line with the Governor’s order to maintain social distance.
  • Students will not need to show any ID or use a lunch number; this will be open to all students.

This is just our plan for Monday and Tuesday. We will be adjusting this plan as we move forward. We hope to include breakfast by Tuesday. Please watch for more details and changes in this plan as we move forward.

Our goal is to have a more comprehensive plan on Wednesday that will include both delivery and designated pick up sites. Thanks for your continued patience and support of our students.


March 13, 2020 4:40pm

As we continue to navigate this national pandemic we are committed to clear communication with our families. Please watch for these community updates, so that we can keep all lines of communication open.

How are Hilliard Schools making decisions? We continue to work closely with the State Health Department under the direction of the Governor’s office. We are also closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for updates.

How will Hilliard Schools communicate with families? We have built a new COVID-19 web page where updates will go immediately. We will also continue to use our eNews to send directly to families.

What is the impact on upcoming school events? All athletics and extra-curricular activities are canceled from now until Friday, April 3, 2020, when we will reevaluate.

What will eLearning Look Like? We will begin eLearning next week. Here is the schedule:

  • Staff Work Day – March 16, 17
  • Student eLearning – March 18, 19 and 20
  • Spring Break, no classes – March 23 – 27
  • Student eLearning resumes March 30

All students now have access to their school-issued iPad. Canvas, our Learning Management System, will be our primary delivery method for eLearning. It will be the place our students receive lessons, activities, and assignments. If you are new to Canvas we have a ‘How to Use’ course online.

Attendance will be taken each day. The classroom teacher will be interacting with your students on a daily basis through Canvas. When a student submits course assignments and/or completes learning activities, teachers will be able to monitor student participation and eLearning attendance. If your student is sick or unable to complete eLearning activities you will need to report the student absent on SchoolMessenger.

Our teachers will soon be posting office hours on their Canvas contact page, so parents and students can ask questions and get information moving forward.

We are also working on connectivity for students without WiFi in their homes. We will be pushing WiFi into the parking lots of all our schools so that families could park near the schools to download assignments and upload completed activities. We will soon have a map with more specific locations on our COVID-19 web page. The city of Hilliard is also opening WiFi to the community. Students and other residents are invited to access the city’s public WiFi network, “Hilliard Public.” A link to a map of those public access points can be found on their webpage.

The district has enabled internet filtering on all student iPads in grades K-5. This filter is sometimes heavy-handed so if it blocks an educational site that the student needs to do school work, please let your teacher know and we can add it to an approved list. No filtering is perfect or a 100% guarantee. Parents are still asked to monitor their students when they are on their district device at home on your personal WiFi network.

Breakfast and Lunch We know that many of our students are dependent on school for two meals a day. We are working to find a way to still provide meals for our students in need. Our hope is we will begin to implement this plan Wednesday, March 18. In the meantime, we are working with the Hilliard Food Pantry. They have let us know that they are planning to remain open. If a family is experiencing an illness, and unable to go to the pantry, they can call them and prepackaged boxes can be made and delivered. Please call the pantry at 614-363-4159. They are open Tuesday 10am-1pm, Thursday 6-8pm, and Saturday 9am-12pm

Student Health and Well-Being Our student’s health and well-being will remain a top concern. If your child receives medication during the school day we ask you to reach out to your school nurse to make plans to pick up the medication in the event of a school shut down. Our students with mental health concerns will have access to the Safe Schools Helpline and our school counselors will be available. You can reach out to a counselor, teacher or principal if your student needs more help.

What about spring-break travel? If you will be traveling during spring break, we ask that you please monitor the CDC travel advisories. Currently, travelers to Italy, Iran, China, and South Korea must self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving back in the United States. The CDC now recommends that travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel. Please visit the CDC’s website for more information about travel.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this rapidly changing situation.


March 12, 2020 5:30pm

Superintendent John Marschhausen

Here are a few important points from the video.

  • We are facing an unprecedented challenge in public education. The Coronavirus is now a world health pandemic; it is quickly becoming a public health crisis in Ohio.
  • We will follow the Governor’s recommendations to close our buildings for three weeks.
  • In Hilliard, we are preparing to deliver eLearning activities to our students in grades K-12. We can never replace the work our teachers do with students in our classrooms; no one expects eLearning to be as effective as what we do day-to-day in our classes. Hilliard’s eLearning option is designed to “keep the learning going” during a public health emergency. Should the time come, we must be prepared to educate students for as long as necessary.
  • We are one Hilliard Family. In times of crisis, we come together to serve our students. We want to thank you for your continued support of the Hilliard City Schools.

March 12, 2020 3:30pm

School Closure Announcement

The Hilliard City School District will be closed for students Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, 2020. All staff will report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020, for a professional learning day.

Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, all athletic and extra-curricular activities are canceled until Friday, April 3, 2020, when we will reevaluate.

SACC will remain open on Friday, March 13, 2020, but will be closed for the duration of our school closure.

Stay tuned for more details.


March 12, 2020 3:00pm

K-4 iPads

All kindergarten through fourth-grade students will begin taking their iPads home daily. This is in preparation for the potential that we have an extended time away from school because of the COVID-19 illness.


March 11, 2020 5:00pm

After school events

We know there are many questions regarding the district’s Coronavirus response and direction. We are following the direction coming from the office of the Governor of Ohio.

As of, March 11, 2020, all after school indoor events are postponed or canceled in our district beginning immediately and until further notice. We will reevaluate on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The only exceptions are indoor OHSAA events. Per the OHSSA recommendations, the sports games and practice will proceed, but only immediate family will be allowed as spectators. Outdoor OHSSA events can proceed as planned as of now.


COVID-19 Helpful Links

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

Prevention:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.